Author: Kristyn Coutts

  • My Casting Story: Samuel Haughton in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

    My Casting Story: Samuel Haughton in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

    Performer Samuel Haughton shares how he came to be cast as Monsieur Reyer in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and his tips for performing on stage Spotlight member Samuel Haughton has been working professionally as an actor for 11 years since leaving drama school. Predominantly working in theatre, Sam has appeared in musicals like School of Rock, Top Hat and Spamalot,…

  • My Casting Story: Dian Biemans in MBC Studios’ ‘Slave Market’

    My Casting Story: Dian Biemans in MBC Studios’ ‘Slave Market’

    Actress Dian Biemans talks to us about her journey to success as a self-represented performer, and how she landed her breakthrough role in television series ‘Slave Market’ Dian Biemans hails from a small countryside village in the southern part of the Netherlands. After studying for two Bachelor of Science degrees and a Master of Science…

  • My Casting Story: Lewis Shepherd in ‘Dear England’ at the National Theatre

    My Casting Story: Lewis Shepherd in ‘Dear England’ at the National Theatre

    Actor Lewis Shepherd talks to us about how he won the role of Dele Alli in the National Theatre’s triumphant play ‘Dear England’ Lewis Shepherd is a familiar name here at Spotlight. As a graduate, he took part in the Spotlight Prize in 2022, representing Rose Bruford College and delivering two stunning monologues, including one he penned himself.…

  • 25 Ways to Raise Your Spotlight Profile

    25 Ways to Raise Your Spotlight Profile

    Tips from Spotlight experts about how to make the most of your profile and your membership. Keep your profile professional… it is not a social media account. Updating your Spotlight profile 1. Keep your professional credits up to date and spelt correctly. Make sure to fill out every field possible as casting directors will often search by…

  • Casting ‘Heartstopper’, Netflix’s LGBTQ+ Teen Drama

    Casting ‘Heartstopper’, Netflix’s LGBTQ+ Teen Drama

    We speak to Patrick Walters, executive producer of Heartstopper, and casting director Daniel Edwards CDG about the show and finding fresh talent. If you’re not already familiar with it, Heartstopper is a beautiful new show on Netflix that shows the blossoming relationship between the main characters Nick and Charlie. The series deals with teen topics like love, relationships, friendship…